Dahlson and Wiest Sign Letters of Intent to Play College Baseball

It’s official.

Bret Dahlson will play college baseball at Loyola Marymount, and Grahamm Wiest will pitch at Cal State Fullerton.

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Bret Dahlson and Grahamm Wiest are joined by Baseball Coach Brett Kay and Athletic Director Jim Hartigan

The seniors – both All-Trinity League honorees last year, signed letters of intent Tuesday at a brief ceremony on campus.

“These are great kids from great families and are among the best players statistically that have ever played at JSerra,” Coach Brett Kay said.

Wiest, a right-handed pitcher, was 6-3 last year with a 1.60 earned-run average. He led JSerra to its first-ever CIF baseball playoff victory  last summer.

Dahlson hit .385 with five home runs and 30 RBIs.

Both played key roles in leading the Lions to the 2009 Trinity League title.

“They represent our program well, and it will be tough to see them go after this season,” he said. “But I am confident they will do well.”

They are among nine members of last year’s squad to have earned Division I scholarships.

Baseball Team Suspends Practice for Two Weeks to Assist Neighboring Shea Center

By Brett Kay

Baseball coach

From Sept. 14-25, JSerra baseball players traveled across the street to the Shea Center to do their annual community service work.

Drew Strohl enjoying helping out
Drew Strohl enjoys helping out

Every day from 4:15-5:30 p.m. players took part in moving hay bales, cleaning equipment, all the way to creating a parking lot for the Shea Center’s huge fundraising barbecue. Susan Martin, director of fundraising, has called upon the JSerra baseball program for its fourth year of helping out.

Susan says, “The boys are a tremendous help for the Shea Center and for helping create a great environment for the annual barbecue.”

We put aside baseball activities for two weeks to ensure that the boys can create a positive influence for the city of San Juan Capistrano and the future riders at the Shea Center.

Pitcher Grahamm Wiest gives helping out a thumbs up
Pitcher Grahamm Wiest gives the Shea Center a thumbs up
The entire team participated
The entire team participated

Two Lions Ballplayers Earn Scholarships and a Third Commits

Two more seniors from JSerra Catholic High School’s baseball team have earned collegiate scholarships – catcher Colton Plaia and shortstop Quinn Renner.

Quinn Renner
Quinn Renner

A third, junior Austin Hedges, verbally committed to UCLA.

Plaia, who hit .382 with two home runs and 20 RBI’s, will play next year at Loyola Marymount.

Renner is headed to St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia. He hit .375 with one home run and 18 RBI’s.

And Hedges, who hit .383 with two home runs and 16 RBI’s, will play at UCLA at the conclusion of his high school career, Coach Brett Kay said.

Colton Plaia
Colton Plaia

“They are outstanding ballplayers and outstanding young men. I anticipate them having success at the next level,” said Kay, Orange County Register’s Coach of the Year.

The scholar-athletes join four other members of the Lions first Trinity League championship team who will play Division One baseball next year.

They are: pitcher Joe Kurrasch, UC Berkeley; Grahamm Wiest, Cal State Fullerton; Matt Paradise, Santa Clara and Todd del Toro, Air Force Academy.

OC Register: JSerra Baseball Star Ready for Berkeley

JSerra Catholic High School pitcher Joe Kurrasch spent a few minutes Thursday afternoon between racing home from baseball practice and getting ready for prom answering questions about the season – and his future.

Joe Kurrasch
Joe Kurrasch

In an interview with the Orange County Register’s Peter Schelden, Kurrasch talks about the injury that ended his season.

During the playoffs, he said he plans to cheer on his teammates, and “has confidence in them to get the job done.”

They got it done yesterday, dispatching Adolfo Camarillo 3-2 behind the strong pitching of Grahamm Wiest and clutch hitting of Bret Dahlson. They face Riverside Poly Tuesday in the second-round of CIF playoffs.

Click here to read Kurrasch’s interview.